Nathi Mthethwa R22 million flag Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

The South African national flag as it appears in a stock image – Photo: Unsplash

Back from the dead? Mthethwa resurrects plans for R22 million flag

Nathi Mthethwa is a man possessed: Despite a huge backlash, his contentious R22 million flag project is BACK on the table.

Nathi Mthethwa R22 million flag Department of Sport, Arts and Culture

The South African national flag as it appears in a stock image – Photo: Unsplash

Just give it a rest, would you? Nathi Mthethwa appears to have ignored the will of the people, after it was revealed that the Sports, Arts and Culture Minister is still trying to push through his controversial plans for a R22 million flag.

No-one wants it! R22 million flag plans ‘back from the dead’

The project – set to be the tallest flag in the country and illuminate at night – will be based in Freedom Park. However, various critics and millions of citizens believe the money could be spent in a much wiser fashion. Earlier this year, these plans were shelved due to a public outcry.

Alas, it now looks like the ANC government wants to take this thing as far as it can. Mthethwa has told Parliament that the R22 million flag construction is now ‘being referred to Cabinet’, who will make a final decision on whether it gets built or not.

DA accuse Nathi Mthethwa of ‘refusing to engage with the public’

The DA are understandably livid with this development. It was their question that prompted the shock response from Mthethwa, who they have accused of ‘learning nothing’ from this entire debacle. Shadow Minister Tsepo Mhlongo is furious with his opposite number:

“In answer to a parliamentary question from the DA, the Minister revealed that the project ‘will be referred to Cabinet for further discussion and final decision.‘ –  Minister Mthethwa seems to have learned nothing from the anger the project almost unanimously elicited from South Africans.”

“It is truly astounding the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture’s (DSAC) Infrastructure Unit can find no other worthwhile project to invest in. That the Minister is refusing to engage with the public and stakeholders on this, shows he does not care about nation-building and social cohesion

Tsepo Mhlongo, DA Shadow Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

– For the record, we think Mmusi Maimane has a better idea for spending that R22 million flag cash